Unreal's old buddy Ben "Shirtsoff" Westhoff sent us this link to a recent New York magazine blog blurb that references Ludacris' 2001 song "Area Codes."
The blog, "Strange Maps," credits the work to one Stefanie Gray, who described herself as a feminist geography major and noted, among other things, that:
• Ludacris heavily favors the East Coast to the West, save for Seattle, San Francisco, Sacramento, and Las Vegas.
• Ludacris travels frequently along the Boswash corridor.
• There is a "ho belt" phenomenon nearly synonymous with the "Bible Belt."
• Ludacris has hoes in the entire state of Maryland.
• Ludacris has a disproportionate ho-zone in rural Nebraska. He might favor white women as much as he does black women, or perhaps, girls who farm.
• Ludacris's ideal "ho-highway" would be I-95.
Presumably the Vultures at New York mag preferred to make a funny of their own rather than quoting one of Gray's. They write:
Finally, Geographers Get Their Act Together: Where has Ludacris committed perpendicular vehicular Ho-micide? Where has he eaten Hos d'oeuvre? One brave geographer has finally mapped it out. Of note: Who would have expected that Ludacris has a ho-zone in East St. Louis, but not in St. Louis proper?
As you can plainly see, Ludacris has hoes in St. Louis but not in East St. Louis!
Here's proof via a lyrics site. The relevant couplet:
That's 3-1-4, not 6-1-8. What's more, St. Louis even made a cameo in the song's video: